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Charlotte Willis explores the conundrum vegans have to face with modern medicine

Following a vegan diet is pretty simple in 2019, but when it comes to areas of veganism that are less clear cut, where should our morals end and our practicality and self-prioritising begin? It’s a personal conundrum with modern medicine that not everyone will be aware of.

I’m sure I am not alone when I say that veganism opened my eyes to the cruelty of the modern world, and the appalling state of relationships we have developed with our fellow creatures. When I decided to make the switch to a plant-based diet, purely for health reasons, I never once thought that I would become concerned with the ethics surrounding animal welfare. It seems that after we make the conscious decision to open our fridges and cabinets to the world of vegan food, we unintentionally find ourselves ethically bound, open-minded and open-eyed to the suffering of thousands upon thousands of animals, exploited for our personal consumption. Needless to say, you never look back.

This moral progression saw me transition towards the lifestyle I now lead. One which I uphold to be as free-from animal products and as harmonious with the environment around me as practically possible. Luckily, companies and product designers have worked hard to create vegan substitutes for just about every food and household good. From honey and burgers to washing powder and lipsticks, if there’s a conventional product to be bought, there’s undoubtedly a plant-based, ethical alternative available to substitute. That is, until we approach the topic of medicine. From here, things become a little blurry.

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Wondering what's going to be hot on the vegan scene in 2019? We reveal all in our 2019 trends special. From the ingredients you should be adding to your shopping list and how to use them, to how to improve your gut health with trendy probiotic drinks, we've got it all covered. Also this issue, we show you how to make your own plant milks and cheeses, get creative with 4 takes on pesto and Sara Kidd reveals all about cake flour. If that's not enough, we help you update your home decor in true vegan style, explore how vegan is vegan enough, and look at the hot debate over veganism and medicine. Download your issue today